Food is an integral part of any celebration. Get ready to embark on a journey of taste and experiences with Peaklife, as we take you through Christmas food traditions that are popular across the world.
A Christmas gala is not only about dressing up a tree, getting together with your loved ones, singing carols, and going to Church, but also the age-old food traditions and dishes that are a quintessential part of the festivities. Every country has its own viands and the class that every person wants to taste and experiences in his life. A set of special delicacies that form an archetypal during Christmas Eve are:
”Buche de Noel,” or Yule Log (France)
It is a luscious French confectionery manifestation of this tradition. It is utterly tempting and a perfect alternative to Christmas pudding. It’s an embellished delicacy consisting of a rolled, filled sponge cake, frosted with chocolate butter cream garnished with meringue mushrooms, ganache and adorned with sprinkles that you can’t even resist your mouth to be watery.
Yorkshire Pudding (England)
A roast dinner is not complete without at least one tasty Yorkshire pudding to fill up with gravy on your plate. Soft and custard like on the inside, golden brown and crisp on the outside, this pudding is a standard part of Christmas feasts. They can be a scrummy dessert option too when teamed with strawberries.
Pfeffernüsse Cookies (Germany)
Pfeffernüsse means pepper nuts. The delectable rush of warm spices, ground nuts and anise seeds when beaten into small bunch of cookies are enticing. Fresh out of the oven, this German staple mixes the sweetness of honey and a mixture of nuts and spices. One bite of these cookies and I think you too will be enamoured by its flavour.
It is an Italian style of making sweet bread that is raised with yeast. It has a rich and buttery taste. It is filled with raisins, candied fruit and chocolate chips and topped with crisp pearl sugar. Though called bread in Italy, panettone is eaten as a confection or a snack. This tall cake when cut in slices from top to bottom can be gobbled up with guiltless abandon.
Swedish Meatballs (Sweden)
These meatballs are a combination of beef and pork. As for seasonings, onions, either raw or sautéed, are often added to meat, along with warm spices like allspice, nutmeg, ginger and black pepper. Another important ingredient is bread crumbs in milk which gives meatballs a fluffier texture and an incredible tenderness. These meatballs with a pool of creamy gravy are an excellent combination to be served during Christmas Eve.
Christmas Mince Pies (Australia)
It is a sweet pie filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat.” They are made in an oval shape to represent the manger that Jesus slept in as a baby. The diminutive treats are so ubiquitous that these dainty tarts are surely to occupy feast tables these Christmas. Fruity, boozy little mouthfuls are made with a mixture of minced meat, suet, fruits and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
The word Christmas conjures up the image of a beautiful decorated tree but now it would also remind you of these amazing delicacies from different corners of the world. Here was a look at how other cultures celebrate and how you might incorporate their ideas into your own festivities.